He’s Only Mostly Dead

The recent release of a certain gaming system has sparked an interesting debate that’s been cropping up here and there. The central question being, when do you consider a console to be dead?

The latest gaming device to hit the market, as many of you know, is the Nintendo Switch. As you also likely know, this handy device is both a portable and home console. Which has caused quite a stir among handheld gamers as to the future of devices such as the Vita and the 3DS. Both Sony and Nintendo have confirmed that support for these devices will only carry through for a few more years. But what does that really mean?

The truth is, while the manufacturers will no longer support these devices from a service standpoint, we are seeing several game developers saying they will continue to make games for them until as far flung into the future as 2025. Simply go on Amazon or Ebay and you can find gads of the devices new-in-box for sale with more and more available daily as refurbished. Both companies continue to make digital options available for many of the games out there. But my true opinion starts at a place even deeper than that.

A couple of friends of mine some time ago decided to go into geeky business. what is geeky business? Well, she makes beautiful decopage shoes and purses using comics. He on the other hand does something a little more pertinent to our discussion. You see he goes to garage sales, scours the internet, does anything he can to get his hands on original NES, SEGA, and other systems. Why? Because he rebuilds and customizes them for resale. Yup. Want to go back in time and play the original Final Fantasy from 1988 on a custom NES painted up with the logo? He’s got you covered.

So, in short (but incredibly long winded fashion), when do I consider a console dead?

When the circuits are fried and no replacement parts can be found. Plain and simple.

We are gamers, we are geeks, we are enthusiasts. People are playing Zork on emulators. Think about that for a minute. Zork. A text based game from the late 70s that is available today to play because people have found a way. People are still playing Atari 2600 and NES. Passion is what keeps consoles alive. Not support lines.

We are geek. And our passions will not be stopped because some exec tells us there’s something better. The truth is, what they are offering is pretty great and a lot of fun. But that doesn’t mean we have to let go or forget what got us going in the first place. Old consoles never die, they are just waiting for us to resurrect them.

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